The Department of Multilingual Programs offers several instructional program models in second language acquisition, facilitating the opportunity for students to master essential knowledge and skills while acquiring a second language.

Emergent Bilingual (EB) students are a diverse group of students who do not speak English as their primary or home language. These students are working to listen, read, speak, and write English. They need unique teaching and support in order to get the same educational opportunities as native English speakers. They are eligible to receive a variety of services and participate in programs that will help them learn academic content while also becoming fluent in the English language, and possibly their native language (Spanish and Vietnamese Dual Language).

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Our mission

Our mission is to value and promote the rich linguistic diversity of students, foster the growth of Emergent Bilinguals, and build district capacity with a shared responsibility for the development of multilingual, culturally competent and globally prepared students.

Our vision

A district culture that values and preserves the diverse linguistic backgrounds and identities of students with intercultural support systems to provide equitable and inclusive educational opportunities for all.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 461407
Garland, TX 75046
United States


Employee Position
Tara Sowels Director
Dr. Julie Xu Elementary Coordinator
Xelina Welsh Secondary Coordinator
Vacant TBD Compliance Coordinator
Cindy Cruz Paz Parent and Family Engagement Facilitator
Dr. Kristal Vallie Secondary Instructional Specialist
Noelvis Rivera Language Acquisition Specialist (Secondary)
Jared Compton Language Acquisition Specialist (Secondary)
Margaret Rutaquio Secondary Newcomer Facilitator
Vacant TBD Elementary Newcomer Facilitator
David Martinez Elementary Instructional Specialist (Spanish DLI)
Angelica Chavez Elementary Instructional Specialist (Spanish DLI)
Trang Nguyen Elementary Instructional Specialist (Vietnamese DLI)
Megan DeWitt Compliance Specialist
Jessica Olivarez Compliance Specialist
Araceli Borusqueta Sheltered Instruction Specialist Elementary
Daniela Pineros Sheltered Instruction Specialist Elementary
Kelly Curry Sheltered Instruction Specialist Elementary
Amy Spencer Sheltered Instruction Specialist Secondary
Vacant TBD Sheltered Instruction Specialist Secondary
Dr. Jillian Conry Language Acquisition Specialist Elementary
Gloria DeBaun Language Acquisition Specialist Elementary
Vacant TBD Language Acquisition Specialist Secondary
Brenda Briones Bustos Director Secretary
Vacant TBD Coordinator Secretary
Angela Nguyenvo Department Secretary
Carmen Suarez Newcomer Aide
Martha Cruz Parent and Family Engagement Aide
Kamille Lucas Social Worker
Kelsins Santos Multilingual Programs Analyst